Person-Centred therapy is not about analysing you, giving you advice or making decisions for you, but supporting you whilst you explore solutions that are right for you in your particular situation.
My training is in Person-Centred counselling, which in my experience can be particularly helpful for men, women, children and adolescents because:
‘…the effect of person-centred therapy is to reduce the power that others have had over clients and thus increase their own sense of personal power, or ‘power-from-within’.’ (From “The dynamics of Power in Counselling and Psychotherapy” by Gillian Proctor, 2002)
Person-Centred therapy recognises that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in predicting a positive outcome in counselling. The approach was founded by Carl Rogers (1902-1987), who derived the theory from his painstaking research which investigated what was most helpful for clients in therapy.
A core belief of Person-Centred therapy is that by experiencing a particular psychological environment, people tend to find more fulfilment of their own unique personal potentials. This environment can be experienced in relationship with another person (the therapist in this case) who is deeply understanding, accepting and genuine.
This type of therapy does not use techniques, but instead relies on the beliefs and values inherent in the therapist to build this non-judgmental and empathic relationship.
As the therapy progresses, clients typically experience becoming more open and accepting of their own feelings and life experiences. They begin to trust themselves and their own sense of judgment more and they can begin to feel more creative and compassionate towards themselves and others.